Love locks have become a 21st century symbol of romance. Famously suggested in Federico Moccia's novels Tre Metri sopra il Cielo (Three Meters above the Sky) and Ho Voglia di Te (I Desire You), placing your padlock on a bridge has become a worldwide tradition - although it is widely believed that the origins are in China a long time before the Moccia novels. Sadly, some bridges become overburdened and the locks are removed but there are still some great places where you can make this heartfelt gesture. And new places are beginning to become popular.
A stunning setting over the River Seine and overlooked by Notre Dame cathedral.
It’s traditional for newlywed Russians to share a kiss on a bridge. It’s said to bring good luck to the happy couple. The pedestrian Luzhkov Bridge over the Moskva River features trees, “planted” so that lovers can attach their love locks.
What a way to crown the top of Nam Mountain.
The liebesschloesser make a nice sight for the passing train passengers!
So romantic! On the cliffside of Enoshima Island is a pavilion with a bell that is dedicated to the myth of a five-headed dragon who loved a heavenly maiden until he died. Couples ring the bell together to vow their eternal love and place a lock on the fence around the pavilion to commemorate this act.
Locks are accompanied by messages written on the girders.
Naturally, love locks have found their way to one of the world's most romantic cities.
The mountain's chain link fences are being covered in love locks - mainly by newlyweds.
Albert Dock is a redeveloped part of the historic Mersey riverfront.
Metro Vancouver's amorous couples have a public location to literally seal their passion with padlocks
Pecs claims to have started the trend back in the 1980s, before Moccia's book brought the idea to Rome's Milvian Bridge.
Korakuen is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan
No bridges in Naples but the lampposts around the bayfront are a good substitute.
After attaching the padlock, lovers throw the keys into the Odra River.
Attached to the fountain is a plaque which reads, “The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked.”
Puntan dos Amantes is a picturesque and incredibly romantic spot that overlooks the ocean.
To save damage to the bridge, the authorities have the perfect answer: a special heart shaped sculpture.
One of the few places where you can actually pay to place your padlock. Pay extra and you can ring the bell to declare your love.
The love locks are close to the John Lennon Wall.
A meeting of love and faith.
Couples can attach their love padlocks to a metal sculpture outside an entrance to Zion National Park.
Locks gather on a suspension bridge over the Vaal River.
A great location for a couples' gesture of love. The bridge is a popular location and photo opp thanks to the background view which includes the iconic Zuiderkerk Tower.
Could there be anywhere more perfect to seal your relationship than the location of the world's greatest love story.
Sadly, the locks that adorned the bridge, as in Moccia's novel, were removed in 2006 but there are other places in Rome to make your gesture of undying love like Ponte Vecchio, and fittingly, Via Dell’Amore.
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